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The Great Hall at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The Great Hall at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
 










Brisbane the perfect stage for building productivity

Next month, the Australian construction materials industry will convene in Brisbane for the biennial Construction Materials Industry Conference – CMIC14.

CMIC14 will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, on Brisbane’s riverside precinct at South Bank. The conference will be held from 3 to 6 September.

Brisbane is the third most populous city in Australia and as part of the southeast Queensland conurbation encompasses a population of over three million. It is also the nation’s most populous local government area.

As the city and its surrounds, including the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, continue to expand, so the need for infrastructure grows and in turn there is a demand for more quarry reserves.

BUILDING PRODUCTIVITY
CMIC14 will be the fifth of the joint conferences to be hosted by Cement Concrete Aggregates Australia (CCAA) and the IQA since 2006. The biennial conference has provided an important platform for policy debate on a range of issues that impact on Australia’s $7 billion per annum heavy construction materials industries. 

CMIC14 will be held in the grand surrounds of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
CMIC14 will be held in the grand surrounds of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

BUILDING PRODUCTIVITY
CMIC14 will be the fifth of the joint conferences to be hosted by Cement Concrete Aggregates Australia (CCAA) and the IQA since 2006. The biennial conference has provided an important platform for policy debate on a range of issues that impact on Australia’s $7 billion per annum heavy construction materials industries. 

Since 2006, the IQA and the CCAA have partnered on a joint conference every two years, with meetings to date held in Melbourne (in 2006 and 2012), Sydney (2008) and the Gold Coast (2010). CMIC14 will also double as the IQA’s annual conference (now in its 57th year).

The theme of this year’s conference will be Building Productivity. As CMIC14 organising committee chairman David Cilento explains, the theme is core business thinking today. 

“The last five years have left an indelible mark on society. Financial uncertainty and loss of confidence have forced people to review how they manage their finances as they re-evaluate their own purchasing habits. The emphasis has moved from consumerism to a value equation. As expected, this change has extended to the workplace and the last couple of years have seen a progressive change in the way our customers approach their spending.

“The effect is that increasing pressure is being applied to do more with less,” Cilento continues. “All businesses in our industry, small or large, supplier or customer, are reviewing what they are currently doing and looking for improved efficiencies. In effect, they are building their productivity for the next phase of the business cycle.”

As a result, Cilento predicts that CMIC14 will be valuable for industry members. “Whether it is efficiencies in processes, improved offerings to customers, or support tools and business systems for frontline services, each aspect of your business will be challenged by the structured technical program.”

Members from across the construction materials industry are urged to attend, including state and general managers, production and operations managers, quarry managers, batch plant managers, cement plant supervisors, laboratory technicians and supervisors, industry suppliers, environmental specialists and OHS supervisors.

The plenary program is structured around the broader theme of productivity and will cover a range of topics, including innovation, skills development, technology, the environment and health and safety.

The keynote speaker is Mike Kane, the chief executive officer and managing director of Boral, while the international industry speakers are David Hogan, chairman of the Hong Kong branch of the Institute of Quarrying, and Jim Hogan, building materials strategic advisor for Golder Associates, whose affiliations include the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the European Aggregates Association, the Council of European Producers of Materials for Construction, the European Ready-Mixed Concrete Organisation and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 

Other confirmed speakers include Chris Richardson, director of Deloitte Access Economics, and Peter van Onselen, long-time political journalist and contributing editor at The Australian and Sky News. Program speakers are profiled over the page.

In a first for CMIC, an exhibition open day will provide all vendors with an interactive platform to promote company updates.
In a first for CMIC, an exhibition open day will provide all vendors with an interactive platform to promote company updates.

Other confirmed speakers include Chris Richardson, director of Deloitte Access Economics, and Peter van Onselen, long-time political journalist and contributing editor at The Australian and Sky News. Program speakers are profiled over the page.

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
In addition to the plenary sessions, CMIC14 will feature opportunities for networking. The Komatsu conference dinner, the Caterpillar gala dinner and the Hitachi welcome reception have all been mainstays of CMIC and IQA conferences while the Australian Institute of Quarrying Education Foundation’s golf day (supported by Hyundai) will be an important pre-conference teaser.

An exhibitors’ hall will this year comprise over 30 suppliers to the quarrying and extractive industries. In a first for an industry conference, there will be an exhibition open day on Wednesday, 3 September. This will provide all sponsors and exhibitors with an interactive platform to promote company updates or launch new products to key industry operators.

Throughout the conference, IQA members will also be recognised for their endeavours as they are presented with numerous Institute and other ind



















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